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Tartu biogas buses made 12 million trips last year

buss Photo: Joonas Sisask

16 February / According to ticket sales data, in 2020, the new biogas buses in Tartu operated by Go Bus travelled 4.5 million kilometers and made 12 million trips.

By using clean fuel, the amount of CO2 emissions prevented amounted to 2000 tons.

According to Mr Ramses Riive, the district manager of South Estonia at Go Bus, these high numbers indicate that the new buses are dependable and that passengers trust environmentally friendly transport. “Despite the corona pandemic, we managed to keep our new buses in the service of Tartu citizens and the city’s visitors all year round – the number of trips exceeded 12 million and we kept to the agreed schedule,” he said.

“Unlike our earlier diesel-powered vehicles, the new gas buses also keep the environment cleaner,” he remarked, “when compared to earlier, our buses emitted 2000 tons of less CO2.” Last year, the 64 buses used 2 million kg of biomethane or green gas.

According to Mr Raimond Tamm, the Deputy Mayor of Tartu, the switch to gas buses has been very important considering the air quality of the city. Using biomethane, which is a carbon neutral fuel, instead of natural gas, has helped to decrease the environmental impact of public transport in Tartu considerably. Mr Tamm said, “Switching from diesel-powered buses has fully justified itself and it helps achieve our environmental and climate change goals. It is important to us that the gas our buses use is produced from local agricultural waste at Ilmatsalu biogas plant as this is in line with our circular economy goals.” He added that using biomethane ensures a stable fuel price and so-called green jobs as well.

The green gas used in Tartu public transport is made of waste and does not use valuable agricultural resources. As the amount of waste increases, producing biomethane from it lowers its impact on the environment. Using biomethane as a carbon neutral fuel in public transport is in line with the city’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.

Go Bus has been operating Tartu city bus transport since 1 July 2019.

Last changed 16.02.2021